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Curt Schlevogt (1869-1959)
Malachite, c. 1940, 8 ½” x 4 ½”
Gift of Gale Bellafiore

Curt Schlevogt (1869-1959) designed the molds for a famous series of Czech artistic pressed-glass items. By 1940, the Schlevogt firm owned more than 1,300 glass molds, coin molds and hand presses. It had its own cutting, sand-blasting, and acid-etching workshops and produced bottles in various Art Deco shapes, stoppers with relief-pressed nudes, couples, flowers, and butterflies. The Czechoslovakian government nationalized the glass industry after World War II and the Schlevogt firm shuttered, though most of the molds still exist.